Hill Country hikes, bull riders and more: things to do in and around Northwest Austin in January and beyond

Couple hiking in the woods
REI Gateway is hosting a series of hikes on Hill Country trails through March. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

REI Gateway is hosting a series of hikes on Hill Country trails through March. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Virtual Bubbles & Cheese

Antonelli’s Cheese hosts a virtual sparkling wine and cheese tasting class on New Year’s Eve. Participants pick up cheese plates, a bottle of a sparkling red wine and a bottle of a sparkling white wine from the shop prior to the event and join a Zoom class to practice pairing with an Antonelli’s cheesemonger. The tasting is followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. 6:30 p.m. $70 (per person), $110 (per couple). Pick up at 500 Park Blvd., Austin. 512-531-96100. www.antonellischeese.com

Roaring 20s cocktail party

The Roosevelt Room is hosting its annual Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party with a special Prohibition-era cocktail menu. The downtown cocktail bar will also offer a New Year’s Eve champagne list with seven high-end bottle options. Formal or semi-formal attire is requested for guests in attendance. Doors open at 8 p.m. Pricing begins at $50 per seat. The Roosevelt Room, 307 W. Fifth St., Unit B, Austin. 512-494-4094. www.therooseveltroomatx.com


Streaming ACL Live Concert

Recording artist Lucinda Williams is hosting a night of Rolling Stones tribute covers performed virtually by personally curated musicians and full bands. Funds raised during the live stream concert will go toward supporting independent music venues. Show starts at 7 p.m. $25-$40. 877-534-9849. www.acl-live.com

LOCAL EVENTS

Jan. 8-10 - Holistic and metaphysical Expo

One of Austin’s largest metaphysical expos returns. Attendees are invited to learn holistic practices and learn from practitioners, including astrologists, palm readers and more. Times vary by day. $8 admission each day. The Norris Center, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365, Austin. www.spirituallifeproductions.org

Jan. 13 - Free virtual concert by The Deer

The Long Center for Performing Arts is producing a series of free performances from Austin musicians. The musical acts record full sets in the center’s Rollins Studio Theatre. Attendees can access the performances exclusively through www.luck.stream. For its Jan. 13 installment, Good Vibes Only is hosting Austin folk group The Deer for viewers. Stream begins at 7 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged. 512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.com

Jan. 15 - Historical hike with Buffalo Soldiers

Texas Parks and Wildlife invites hikers to go on a socially distanced hike to learn about the history of Texas. As part of the Buffalo Soldier program, historical actors in full costume will educate attendees on the life of soldiers while hiking on a trail at McKinney Falls State Park. Interested hikers must first register for a spot and purchase a park entry pass. $6 per vehicle. Hiking times vary. 512-389-8569. www.tpwd.texas.gov

Jan. 15-16 - Professional Bull Riders at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

Professional Bull Riders starts its 2021 season with more than 40 bull riders competing in events. Seating inside the arena includes safety protocols and distancing measures. Door times vary. Tickets start at $18. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 800-732-1727. www.pbr.com

Jan. 21 - Austin Virtual Job Fair

Best Hire Career Fairs is hosting a virtual event for all jobseekers in the Austin area. Attendees can speak with and distribute resumes to hiring managers from employers across multiple professional fields. Jobseekers are encouraged to dress professionally for the virtual event. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 888-899-8802. www.besthirecareerfairs.com

Feb. 20 & March 6 - Hill Country hiking series

REI Gateway is offering hiking classes throughout the winter and spring. REI will take hikers on guided tours of trails at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. Times vary. $20 (REI members), $25 (nonmembers). Locations vary. 512-343-5550. www.rei.com

WORTH THE TRIP

Jan. 16 - 14th Annual Blues Festival

Luckenbach’s annual celebration of blues returns in January as an outdoor-only concert. The 2021 lineup features contemporary blues musicians John Bardy, Anthony Wright, Ally Venable and other acts. Doors open at 11 a.m. $30. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg. 830-997-3224. www.luckenbachtexas.com

March 26-April 25 - Almost, Maine’ at The Georgetown Palace Theatre

The Georgetown Palace Theatre is staging a production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine.” The play is a series of vignettes about love and couples. Price and show times TBD. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469. www.georgetownpalace.com
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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